September 8, 2017
Local Fix: Indian Country Today, Small Wins, Toolbox
Welcome to the Local Fix. Each week we look at key debates in journalism sustainability and community engagement through the lens of local news. But first, we always begin with one good idea…
One Good Idea: Check Before You Share
When natural disasters hit, social media is full of eyewitness videos. But a lot of the time the videos are fake or old. Before you share anything, use this handy checklist from First Draft News to verify and identify the who, where, when and why of any eyewitness video.
Stop with the Stereotypes
- Indian Country Today hiatus is a blow to nuanced coverage of indigenous peoples – Columbia Journalism Review
- Indian Country Today had its beautiful moments – Mark Trahant
- Bingo: Reporting in Indian Country Edition – NAJA
- Remembering the Great Native American Journalists – Huffington Post
- Radio on the Reservation – Al Jazeera
What Tools are in Your Toolbox?
- Journalist’s Toolbox – SPJ
- Two college students started a transcription service. After journalists heard about it, it crashed – Poynter
- 10 tools to tackle common problems journalists face – Columbia Journalism Review
- 7 Free Writing Tools Every Journalist Should Be Using – Centre for Community Journalism
‘Winning is a Habit’
- The Power of Small Wins – Harvard Business Review
- How to Feel Progress – Jocelyn K. Glei
- Tips from a Series about Learning New Skills – Poynter
- The Messy Minds of Creative People – Scientific American
Have a good weekend,
Josh and Teresa
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